Australia is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution that will connect tens of millions of things and unlock real-time information that can transform the way we live and work. For the industry to grow in Australia it will require a vibrant IoT ecosystem of developers driving to challenge and change the face of innovation.

That’s why we are incredibly excited to announce that we have forged an exclusive telco partnership with Arduino.

As part of the tie-up we will soon release the new Arduino MKR NB 1500 IoT developer board in Australia. It supports Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE Cat M1 networks and is specifically designed to enable rapid innovation, field trials and deployments of cellular connected devices.

Arduino is the world’s leading open-source hardware and software ecosystem with over 30 million users, and are focused on making powerful technology accessible to everyone – with tools that are easy for beginners, and fast for professionals.

As Arduino’s exclusive telco partner in Australia our alliance integrates Telstra’s Cat M1 and NB-IoT network investments with Arduino’s world leading ecosystem to connect developers, startups, students and experimenters in creation and exploration of IoT innovations.

Cat M1 & NB-IoT are cellular technologies designed for IoT sensors operating at very low data rates inside machines, vehicles, and inside buildings and are designed for a battery life of years rather than hours and days. Telstra has over three million square kilometres of Cat M1 coverage across Australia, and earlier this year we rolled out NB-IoT coverage in major Australian cities and many regional towns.

Through this partnership Telstra’s extended mobility and network coverage and depth (in-building and sub-surface areas) are easily accessible to developers, enabling them create innovative IoT solutions for both on-the-go and stationary use cases.

To mark the new partnership we were delighted to host Massimo Banzi (CTO and co-founder) and his team to the Telstra Labs where he met with the developer community. Massimo also got behind the Telstra Innovation Challenge 2019 encouraging developers, startups and students across Australia to get involved.

The Arduino MKR NB 1500 board will be available to purchase in early 2019 from Telstra and will include a M2M SIM via the Telstra Developer Portal.

Register today through to find out more and be notified of release.